• Galdeberget
  • 2075 m
  • Primary factor 390 m
  • Jotunheimen, Norway
  • Location: North 61.38053, East 008.44232
  • Difficulty: YDS class 2.
  • Climbed March 9. 2013


How to get there:
This is a very good summit for skiing. A natural point of departure is the nice DNT hut Fondsbu. In the summer, one can drive to Fondsbu from Tyin. (Turn off the E-16 highway on Filefjell in "Tyinkrysset".) In winter, there is parking just before lake Tyin and a snowcat service is available for transport to Fondsbu / Eidsbugarden. (NOK 250 in 2013, advance booking is recommended.)
Route Description:
From Fondsbu, ski 3.5 kilometer across the west end of lake Bygdin. Ascend left just before (a bit steep) or just after the mountain Høystakkane, 1359 meter. Continue across (or up the valley) to a point just south of Uskedalshøe, 1694 meter. Ascend a bit more steeply up the north-west flank of Galdeberget, possibly further right as you get higher, in order to gain the (south) ridge of Galdeberget. Beware that the east side is a steep cliff. When you reach this horizontal ridge, the final part of the climb can be seen. Continue north, then east on easy slopes to the summit.
I had arrived the previous evening in order to celebrate the 40th. birthday of Per Ove Oppedal at Fondsbu. Before the party could start, he wanted to take his guests along skiing the 2075 meter high Galdeberg with the idea of doing some nice powder skiing back down.
We started from Fondsbu around 0930. I carried my randonne ski across the lake, then changed gear before starting uphill. The day was pretty good with a mix of clouds and blue sky. We gained the summit and stayed around for at least 30 minutes. Per Ove expertly guided us to some nice chutes with powder snow and everybody got to practice their off-piste skiing skills. We were back at Fondsbu around 1515.
A very nice dinner was served 28 guests at 2100. Many thanks to Per Ove for a very nice weekend. The party lasted into the night, thus a pretty late start for skiing to Høgbrøthøgde the following day.